Chapter 2 Written / Published 26.4./30.4.16 Pics by author, unless indicated
SEND FORTH YOUR WORD
LORD, AND LET THERE
God is a God of miracles. You will find plenty in this chapter. And may you see many more along your journey with HIM. In this chapter we meet the inventor of Miracle Mops. Her name ends in NO; perfect timing in her appearance on TV here in Australia. It's a No. What else?
OUR DAILY BREAD also again created timely magic. I don't plan this. HE does. Our great God knows, HE guides. There is a brief walk down memory lane as we revisit a cyclone a decade ago.
Enjoy and be blessed as HIS word goes forth and brings light and life.
2. N JOY MAN
In the previous chapter I gave only one example, from the hundreds mentioned in the Bible, how God knew what would happen in the future. He had inspired the prophet Zechariah to write, half a millennia earlier, what mode of transport (a donkey) Jesus would be using to enter Jerusalem prior to his crucifixion.
Let me begin this chapter with an example, how God, knowing what was to happen, inspired me to name this, my fifteenth book, Heed the Call; not 500 years prior, but one week before publishing the previous chapter. There is not the slightest doubt in my mind that HE was behind the big surprise, which waited for me on the evening of publishing the first Chapter.
The two word headline in Our Daily Bread Bible reading could not have been more appropriate, or come at a better time that day. Not only do they fit Heed the call perfectly, they could replace the title on the graphic of the shepherd leading the sheep: Follow Me.
Take a look at God's amazing, inspired title and timing:
ODB - Thursday March 31, 2016: Follow ME.
On the morning of commencing this chapter (26.4.16) it happened again. As if God was drawing attention to Himself, wanting to remind us that HE is there, watching all we do and not only when we do wrong. As always, I write as it was, fresh on my mind what took place only hours ago. Readers will have to judge for themselves, if it's just co-incidence or whatever. It all makes sense as I marvel at our almighty, all-knowing, all-powerful God.
After finishing breakfast around 8.45 AM I started updating my diary. The first sentence I wrote, documenting events for Monday 25/4, Anzac Day, was: "Only became aware late evening that today was the 17th anniversary of the launch of my mission". The very same second as I wrote the word 'that' the presenter on TV spoke the word 'that'. My antenna went up!
When I noted the exact time into my diary, the digits 8.46 didn't hold much meaning at first. However, after the TV screen changed and showed another person in the studio, it all started to fall into place. This man's name and the time 8.46 AM suddenly linked to a major weather event a decade ago. In a brief email I explained what had happened:
Email to Sunrise, Channel Seven - 26.4.16,
Subject: Old mate remembered
How could I ever forget, indeed Australia will never forget, the time when we paid $ 15 for a kilogram of bananas, following cyclone Larry. At the time it was a huge story; not only in our nightly news bulletins, but also in my autobiography. I still marvel how God had dropped the postcode of Innisfail - 4860 - into my mind as I was praying, pointing to the sad decisions by politicians regarding the RU 486 abortion pill. (Book 4, Chapter 34).
But there was more, something I am trying to make sense of, but struggle to explain. A few minutes after Larry and the TV Show team had received my email, a guest was interviewed in their studio. It was an actress, who had written a book. When I heard the title, I wondered, did I hear correctly or am I dreaming? The title could not have been more fitting into the overall picture.
Minutes after my 8.46 AM email would have arrived at the TV station I clearly heard the presenter say: "Stay tuned, after the break; in about 4 minutes we interview a lady, who brought up 6 children under 8."
Did I stay tuned! I not only stayed tuned, I was stunned and made sure I would not miss the interview and snap above picture of the book the lady had written:
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On Sunday April 10th my wife, her mother and I did not attend our regular place of worship, but my mother-in-law's former church. As soon as the preacher, Pastor Newsham, opened his sermon with John 3, 16, I recalled waking that morning at 6.31 AM. Nothing to blog about, yet.
The next morning we again were watching the same Channel 7 Breakfast TV Show as above. A news item from the USA, a first-time ever golf event, featured those famous, biblical numbers - 3 and 16. It happened during the US Masters golf championship in Augusta, Georgia. In the US it was still Sunday 10th.
As I understood this first-ever magic, 3 golfers, in the same round, shot aces on the same green - Hole No.16! The website of the US PGA lists the names of the three - Shane Lowry, David Love III (a little ironic?!) and Louis Oosthuizen.
A further first-time-ever twist came the morning following. As I was updating my diary I recorded what had transpired. Just as I scribbled the words 'first time ever' they were spoken, at the same second, during a TV ad for Burns for Blinds.
But it wasn't this, which made me email the Channel Seven TV Show once again. No, there was another 1613 observation floating around in my brain that same time. For a day or two a name stood out on a supermarket docket my wife had received after shopping. I happened to come across it accidentally (no God incidental).
I can't recall if my initial interest was the total $ 13.16* or if it was the unusual name, that of the check-out person. Take a look:
*Correction: Should read $ 16.13
On editing I noticed: Near the misspelled word Light Ry - 1550!
Out of curiosity I visited the supermarket some days later and asked a staff member, if a person worked there by the name Justine. The young lady said yes. Then I explained about the strange name on the (above) docket, which I had forgotten to take. This time I received a strange look. After a short hesitation, already walking away to return working, she added: "We have one of them too."
That day, as has happened for the past 15 years, justice was hard to find in Adelaide!
The 1613 sequence in the first-time-ever golf story led me to email the TV Breakfast program.
While on the subject of funny names, another name two days later, on the same TV show, perplexed me somewhat. A gentleman from New Zealand had won a huge amount of money by simply registering his name and codeword. He was there ready to heed, sorry to take the call from the TV crew: "You have won $ 40 000!"
I took a photo of his name on the screen. Would you not agree that a man by the name Here win i, winning such a big sum, is truly incredible?
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As I write (27th April) a world-wide news story is being reported. After 27 years of fighting, a court in the UK has finally granted justice to relatives and survivors of the 1989 Hillsborough Stadium disaster.
At the time of writing - April 2016 - a man has been released from prison. During a recent men's gathering I learned about this unfortunate person, and his fight for justice.
Tony Grosser blew the whistle in 1991 on corrupt police who were dealing in drugs. He supplied information, which put his life in danger. He was put onto police protection*
*Correction: Should read - he had applied, but was denied police protection.
As happens often with such brave characters, they are systematically persecuted and eventually destroyed. Thinking he was being attacked by criminals, trying to defend himself, during a long siege Tony shot and injured a policemen. He was injured himself. His desperate act to protect himself and his family landed him in jail for almost two decades.
(Source: Bev Goode on Networked Knowledge, netk.net.au)
A report in Adelaide's only newspaper, the Advertiser, paints Tony Grosser as a paranoid, mentally ill criminal. Who would not feel paranoid, having to apply for police protection after having blowing the whistle on corrupt officers?
Is this another case of justice going begging in South Australia?
God knows! Justice and truth will win the end!
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A brochure in our letterbox advertised some special buys at the opening of a brand new office supplies store in our suburb, right opposite the huge German company with the nice name - Liebherr (lit. translated Dear Sir, Dear Lord, Bk. 1, 37). ) This was not the main reason I took note. My attention was drawn to the front page of the brochure, where only one super special product was featured. Numbers did it again!
Opening sale, super price on Yoga Tab 3 10.1" Tablet.
In above graphic, note code C : 128 / 228 / 328.
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As I prepared this current chapter I stumbled across a link from 13/30 to that biblical character Caleb. Question - Who was he? For the answer we need to take a look into the Book of Numbers. (Yes, there is a book in the bible called Numbers).
The people of Israel had escaped from Egypt and were looking for a place to live. Caleb, the son of Jephunneh was one of the 12 spies sent by their leader, Moses, into Canaan, the promised land beyond the Jordan River. These men were to explore what the region looked like; how fertile it was, what kind of people lived there, how fortified their cities were etc.
When they returned, bringing with them samples of fruit and vegetable, they reported that the place was flowing with milk and honey. Unfortunately, ten out of the twelve spies thought that the inhabitants of that land were strong and big, their cities well built and hard to beat in battle. They did not paint a positive picture, doubting that fighting for this land would lead to a successful conquest.
But two out of the twelve spies did not see only difficulties, they saw the potential. One was Joshua, who would later lead the people into the promised land. The other was Caleb.
His report is written in Numbers, Chapter 13, Verse 30:
Isn't it typically human? With every one, who says we can do it, there are five who doubt that it can be done. God's own people did not believe their God. They disobeyed and as a result wandered aimlessly for decades in the wilderness, lost.
Before ending the chapter with a thought about the Promised Land, a brief story what had happened a week earlier. On that occasion I turned doubt into action - it worked!
But there was more: The theme in church two days later, how surprising, was about things lost! The text was from Luke 15 - three stories about loss - a coin, a sheep and a son! The preacher kicked-off his talk by asking: "Who has ever lost something?"
Simultaneously he started a picture show on the screen. The first item was, you guessed it - a purse, same colour, same shape as Lore's!
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Picture first spotted on TV Channel 72.
The End Times and the secret of the Mahdi
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On the morning of finishing and publishing this chapter, April 30, I woke exactly at 4.30 AM. How this happens, I do not know, God knows. HE loves numbers. A scripture immediately came to mind. It is found in the Book of Isaiah. It matches perfectly, using code 3/5:
If this is the result of a diagnosed bi-polar disorder, I wished more readers would njoy (sic*) this condition!
*I have been using sic, perhaps incorrectly, when misspelling a word on purpose, read on.
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The story of Joshua miraculously leading the people of Israel into the promised land, across the flooded river Jordan, was the subject in church on Sunday April 24th, 16. The well chosen hymn that morning "Guide me O Thou Great Jehovah" included the lyrics: "When I treat the verge of Jordan bit my anxious fears subside..."
The hymn writer must have felt exactly like us; when taking that first step, going where God wants us to go, the fear of the the unknown, the prospect of sacrifice and pain, creates a 'holy anxiety'. At that point, not before we take the first step, God steps in and, often miraculously, works miracles. What HE did for the people of Israel so long ago, HE can do for you today!
JOY MANGANO - her name ends in NO.
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Back in church, as I listened to the story of the Jordan River crossing, a thought came. The name of the promised land starts with the letters CA. The only other letters are a & n.
The thought in church that Sunday opened my mind to the fact that both Caleb and Canaan start with the letters CA.
If what remains - leb (German for live) and a N are brought together, the message becomes: "See and live Jesus!"
Later that day (24th April) I visited 103-year old Hildegard in her Nursing Home in Burnside. She is of the Jehovah's Witness belief - the Great Jehovah guided me to her. HE also guided me home, I believe, as I rode my Giant bicycle through the suburbs of Adelaide.
Turning a corner in the suburb of Marden I suddenly read the street name - Caleb Street.
The Great Jehovah guides! Follow HIM.